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Key statistics

Key statistics
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Student enrolment 2019 by qualification

(Enrolments by qualification exceed the total headcount as students can enrol for more than one qualification type.)

Doctoral 1,579
Master’s 1,469
Other postgraduate qualifications 1,783
Bachelor’s Honours 396
Bachelor’s 14,728
Other undergraduate qualifications 1,866
Total (headcount) 21,240

Home area of students 2019

Dunedin 3,078
Remainder of Otago/Southland 1,853
Remainder of South Island 3,662
North Island 9,180
Overseas 3,448
Unknown 19
Total 21,240

Ethnicity of students 2019

(Some students reported more than one ethnic group so totals are greater than 100%.)

European/Pākehā 71.5%
Māori 10.3%
Asian 20.3%
Pacific 5.0%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/ African 3.7%
Other/unknown 3.8%

International student exchange partners

The University of Otago has exchange agreements with more than 100 institutions spread throughout the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico,The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Wales.

Academic attainment 2019

Undergraduate diplomas and certificates 97
Undergraduate degrees 3,517
Postgraduate diplomas and certificates 912
Postgraduate degrees 1,044
Total 5,570

Staff profile 2019

Academic and research staff (FTE) 1,746
Professional staff (FTE) 2,250
Total staff 3,996

Financial information

This information represents the consolidated performance for 2019 of the entity comprising the University, its commercial activities conducted through University of Otago Holdings Limited and various Trusts.



From Government for tuition 248,727
From students for tuition 170,043
From research 200,173
From consulting and commercial activity 80,697
Other 79,488
Total 779,128


On staff 429,096
Other 307,126
Total 736,222
Operating surplus 42,906

Financial position

Total assets 2,392,560
Total liabilities 243,209
Total equity 2,149,351